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Dr. Adrienne Wood (2001-02): Naturopathic Medicine

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jul 6, 2017 8:43:45 AM

I started at Carleton University studying Biochemistry and graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from The University of Western Ontario. From there I worked at a private boarding school in Ontario teaching Outdoor Education, then moved to Germany for a year. After this I began my postgraduate degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver, BC.

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Jill Payne: Spiritual Athlete

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jun 28, 2017 7:08:50 AM

It was somewhat surreal sitting down with Jill Payne (1996-2002) this past July. We were two women meeting and having coffee; however, part of me still sees Jill as the teen I taught History and coached in Basketball. Basketball was not the only sport in which Jill excelled. In Jill's Grade 12 year alone, she was awarded the prestigious titles of Scholar/Athlete and Senior Athlete of the Year for her outstanding skills and contribution to Soccer as Captain of the team, to Basketball as Captain of the team, to Track and Field as the Provincial Champion in the Javelin and to Rugby where she scored nearly 100 points herself on her first attempt at this sport. After high school, Jill went to the Canada Games as a paddler and played Rugby at St. FX (where she was named Rookie of the Year). This warrior athlete went on to play Rugby at the National and International levels.

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Jillian Murphy (2007-13): Track & Field Runner & Future Nurse

Posted by Heather Strickey on Apr 26, 2017 11:35:00 AM

After graduating from King's-Edgehill School in 2013, the following September I moved to Antigonish to begin studying at Saint Francis Xavier University in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programme. My first year I lived on campus and joined the Track and Field team. I spent the year studying, socializing and running and met lots of new friends.

Throughout my degree, I have been unsure of what I wanted to do for a career. It has taken a lot of support and encouragement from my friends and family in order to stick with my degree. However in my third year, I had the opportunity to work in obstetrics nursing which I absolutely loved.

I am currently in my fourth and final year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I am still running on the Track and Field team and living off campus. This coming May I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After graduation I'm planning to move in with a best friend I made at KES, and I am hoping to find a job nursing in the field of obstetrics.

My advice for KES students is to enjoy your time at the School, go to every event and get together that you can. I made friends in the Junior School who I continue to keep in touch with all over the world and consider life-long friends. The students of King's-Edgehill are lucky to be a part of such a tight-knit community, and I am very thankful for the relationships I made during my time there.

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Marg (Kimball) LaFave (2000-03): CrossFit Trainer & Gym Owner

Posted by Heather Strickey on Apr 4, 2017 6:31:00 AM

After leaving KES, I briefly attended Acadia University where I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Business program. After two years, I decided that
I wanted to pursue my desire of working in the Fashion Industry and moved to Toronto where I studied Fashion Marketing at the International Academy of Design. After receiving my diploma, I worked for Gucci America for three years as an Executive Assistant to the President of Gucci Canada and Director of the North East USA. I then moved to the Hudson's Bay Company to work as the Executive Assistant to Bonnie Brooks, President of the company at the time.

After years of working in the Fashion Industry, I found myself questioning what I wanted out of my life. My boyfriend, now husband Matthew, had been doing CrossFit, a fitness program that is designed to promote and prolong health and wellness at any age, for many years and was opening a CrossFit gym in Toronto. He asked me to please give it a try, I did and I was hooked.

After a life-changing experience with CrossFit, I quickly decided I needed to learn all that I could about it so that I could help share my experience with others. I quit my job, got my CrossFit Level 1 Certificate and began coaching people in the gym. I found that I was passionate about helping people find personal happiness, and I set out to make that my purpose.

Today I own my own CrossFit Gym in Mississauga Ontario called CrossFit M3, named after my 2.5-year-old son (Maximus) my husband (Matthew) and myself (Margaret). It is a family-operated gym, which both my brothers Tom (1999-01) and Joe (1999-03) are a part of. I have the pleasure of meeting and interacting with all kinds of different people every day. We help motivate them to use fitness as a tool to find confidence and happiness. I have seen so many people's lives change in the gym because they are surrounded by like-minded people who are using health and wellness as a way to a new life, both mentally and physically. I can't tell you how much satisfaction I derive from the thanks I receive from people whose lives have changed as a result of coming to our gym. It is my fuel to keep going. My focus on the future is to continue to grow my business and to touch as many lives as we can with CrossFit.

My advice to KES students would be to listen to your inner self when making decisions about your future. There is definitely a voice inside of you that knows the right path you should take. Sometimes it's not always clear but, if you allow it to, it can help guide you. Don't settle into anything in life and feel like you a stuck there, you can make anything of yourself as long as you are willing to take the risks to change when necessary. Be fearless and life will be exactly what you want it to be.

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Kathleen Crowell (2009-13): Acupuncturist

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 20, 2017 11:50:00 AM

I was a student at KES for six years. Following my graduation from KES I applied to and was accepted as a student in the two year Acupuncture programme at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine located in Bedford, Nova Scotia. To obtain the status of an Acupuncturist requires a minimum of two years of study or 2200 hours.

As an acupuncturist, my goal is to help clients restore and maintain good health and prevent future illness. My special interest lies in the area of pain management. I first discovered the field of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine when I was in my late teens.

I was injured in an automobile accident that caused constant pain and discomfort. Traditional therapies did not restore my ability to function in the manner previous to my accident. I heard, through various sources, about Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and decided to investigate their therapies. It worked, and still works to help me manage my pain.

Based on the excellent outcomes that I experienced, I wanted to share this wonderful therapy programme with others and decided I wanted a career as a holistic health care provider. Today, as a professional therapist in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, I develop and provide pain management programmes to others. Seeing the relief on my client's faces when their illness and pain is relieved, gives me great personal satisfaction.

As an acupuncturist, I do more than poke people with needles. I do therapies such as fire cupping, ear seeding, acupressure, tuina, health counselling, herbs, nutrition and diagnosing in traditional Chinese Medicine. My job involves developing a professional relationship with the client by listening, palpation and assessing their general constitution.

My studies also included traditional Chinese Reflexology. Reflexology is the study of the different pressure points on the feet and hands in relation to other areas of the human body. I am currently enrolled in a Business Administration programme at NSCC and also working in my profession with other like-minded colleagues at Chamomile Wellness Center in West Chezzetcook.

My future plans are to open a spa and wellness center in Nova Scotia. My advice to KES students: find a rewarding career; a field of study that you are passionate about. The world is continually changing. Your first career choice may not be what you may end up doing. Follow your path of interest and the world is waiting for you with all of its challenges and rewards. It is up to you to go and get it!

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Jessica (Wilson) Macy 2000-2003: Personal Trainer & Health Coach

Posted by Heather Strickey on Mar 10, 2017 11:39:00 AM

After leaving KES, I attended STFX where I played on the Varsity Rugby Team and won a National Championship. Sports have been my passion for as long as I can remember, so when I discovered there was a degree I could take in University that would focus on exercise and sport I figured that would lead me to a successful future.

After graduating, I followed my parents down to the Sarasota/ Bradenton area of Florida on the Gulf Coast. I learned I am passionate about helping and teaching people so I became a certified personal trainer. I spent almost 9 years at University Park Country Club as the Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer. In addition to overseeing the day to day operations of the Fitness Centre, I also ran the group fitness programme, and designed monthly health challenges for our members. Most of my days were spent helping sedentary individuals become more active, teaching golfers how to activate the proper muscles to gain more yards in their drive, or helping Parkinson's patients improve their strength and balance while delaying their disease progression.

I have been blessed to change people's lives by improving their health and building personal relationships that will last a lifetime. The most important thing I would tell people who are trying to figure out what the want to with their lives is to do what makes them happy. Find your passion, if you love what you do, your job will come easy and your life will be better for it. My husband and I recently decided to do just that and moved to Nashville with our two little boys. No, not to pursue a career in music but to be in a city that makes us happy where we can enjoy the outdoors and be more active. I have started working with a personal training company as an independent contractor and am enjoying growing my business in a new city.

I believe that exercise can save lives and no matter where I am in the world, health and fitness will be a part of me for the rest of my life.

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Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97): Director of Parks and Recreation

Posted by Heather Strickey on Feb 20, 2017 11:42:00 AM

Rachel Bedingfield (1994-97), Director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Kentville, was selected by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity as one of the 25 most influential women for 2015.

Rachel is a co-chair for WomenActive NS (WANS). One of the goals of the organization is to create more opportunities for women and young girls in sports. "We're looking at increasing participation at all levels in girls in physical education and recreational activity," she said. "We want to empower them with the idea of taking on leadership roles across all of those sectors."

"We are also working regularly with provincial sports organizations in the field and helping them to make sure there is fair and equitable access on their boards and more women in coaching and refereeing and leadership roles," she said. "We're just trying to create welcoming environments for women and girls."

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Meet Dr. Gillian (Rowe) MacLean (1998-2002): Neonatologist

Posted by Heather Strickey on Jan 27, 2017 6:17:00 AM

I graduated from KES in 2002 and moved to Dublin to attend the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) medical school. I am so grateful to KES for the knowledge and confidence to apply and then attend RCSI, if it wasn't for KES I would not have known about RCSI.

I completed a 6-year medical programme in Ireland and had the opportunity to travel around Europe. I graduated in 2008 and was accepted to begin my General Pediatrics residency training at the University of Ottawa in July of the same year.

After 3 years in general pediatrics I started a three year fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal medicine also at the University of Ottawa. I am currently in my final year of fellowship. My training has been delayed due to maternity leaves, my husband and I have three amazing kids; Lachlan is 5, Cormac is 3.5 years and Maisie is 16 months.

In May of 2017, my training will be finished and I plan on practicing as a Neonatologist, hopefully in the Ottawa area. Whenever I think about my time at KES I am overwhelmed with memories that fill my heart with happiness and laughter. I am so grateful for the experiences I had.

My advice for current KES students is to follow your dreams; you are capable of achieving them.

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Carlisle Norwood (2003-09) by Heather Strickey, Director of Advancement

Posted by Heather Strickey on Dec 2, 2016 7:23:00 AM

In addition to running a team-based programme that engages university and college students in social entrepreneurship, Enactus Canada also operates the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, which is a programme that is dedicated to recognizing the best for-profit, student run ventures in the country. I was very pleased on February 9th when I received an email from Preston Aitken telling me that Carlisle Norwood (2003-09) had been named one of two of Nova Scotia's 2015 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions. "Norwood received the title of Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion because of his commitment to customer service as well as his excitement for, and involvement in, the entrepreneurial community in Halifax. Carlisle's business, Freshman Services, provides storage, moving, shipping and packing supplies services as well as property maintenance, pressure washing and gutter cleaning to their clients.

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Irene Rigold - A Wonderful Friend by Heather Strickey, Advancement Director

Posted by Heather Strickey on Nov 22, 2016 8:02:00 AM

I first met Irene Rigold in the fall of 2014. I am always trying to meet as many friends of the School as I can possibly can. Miss Rigold was on my "can't wait to meet you" list as Steve Porter (KES Director of Finance) told me that Irene had a very interesting tale to tell.

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